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As per usual, we're quickly approaching the release of several high-end and highly-anticipated mobile devices. With two of the year's biggest trade shows behind us, one in the week ahead and several, smaller announcement events (like the Samsung Mobile Unpacked event yesterday), there are a ton of different devices that have been unveiled but have yet to released. And there are many that are speculated to release in the near future, but we've had no official word on yet.

Almost always, I am looking ahead, trying to figure out which devices I will buy next long before they ever release. And May always seems to be the prime time for expectations to begin to soar in anticipation. I already have my eyes set on a couple devices, and am keeping an eye out for up-and-coming phones and tabs. Here are the top five gadgets I'm looking forward to the most:

 

1. HTC One X (AT&T)

HTC's second coming is signified by their new One series that was announced back at Mobile World Congress. They announced three devices: One X, One S and One V. Of the three, the HTC One X is their flagship, touting some monster specifications. The quad-core global version is already available, but the U.S. version is on its way.

What does it entail, exactly? A 4.7-inch 720p Super LCD2 display, LTE connectivity, 16GB built-in storage (no micrSD card slot), an 8-megapixel rear camera with ImageSense technology and ImageChip, a 1.5GHz dual-core Qualcomm S4 chipset and an 1,800mAh battery. It also comes with Android 4.0 beneath the updated and much more lightweight Sense 4.

The One X will be available on AT&T this Sunday for $199.99 with a two-year agreement. And its next-of-kin, the HTC EVO 4G LTE which adds a microSD card slot and a kickstand, will also be available on Sprint for $199.99 with a two-year agreement later this month. Pre-orders for it begin Monday.

 

2. ASUS/Google Nexus tablet

There have been countless rumors about a $200 (possibly $150) Nexus tablet circling the Web for some time now. And we learned back in March that the selected partner manufacturer may just be ASUS. It's all just hearsay right now, but I have a feeling the sources may be right on this one – even if the partner manufacturer is wrong. (For what it's worth, I don't think it is.)

Considering the nature of the rumor, details are still pretty scarce. The earliest point to the quad-core NVIDIA Tegra 3 processor to power this budget-friendly slab, and it will allegedly come with a 7-inch display, pitting it against the (questionably) popular Kindle Fire. More recent word, however, says the $199 Tegra 3 Nexus tablet has been canceled for a cheaper one without a Tegra 3. Either way, it's ASUS, it's pure Android and it's cheap. Take my money!

It's hard to say exactly what to expect, or when to expect it. Either way, I'm excited for the first Nexus tablet, especially if ASUS is the maker.

 

3. The next iPhone

As per usual, Apple's next iPhone always ranks on lists like these. Rumors traverse the Internet, along with bizarre, outlandish concepts and expectations soar. Of all the upcoming devices, the next iPhone is the one we know the least about. Usually, we could judge a few things on Apple tradition. But in almost every way, Apple has broken all of their customs with their most recent releases. Instead of calling the third-generation tablet the iPad 3 (like everyone assumed and some still refer to it as), they named it simply the new iPad. And instead of launching the current iPhone, the iPhone 4S, in the summer months, they pushed it back to October.

Rumors say the upcoming iPhone model will feature a larger display, a redesigned body and a thinner profile. Some say it will launch in the summer, like every other iPhone (except the 4S, of course), and others say it's slated for the fall again. All these conflicting rumors tell us one thing: we really don't know anything about it. We don't even know what it will be called. But that's what makes it so alluring and intriguing.

Whatever it may really be and whenever it may release, rest assured, Android fans will hate it and Apple loyalists will go nuts.

 

4. Samsung Galaxy S III

Yesterday, Samsung unveiled its latest device, the successor to the most popular smartphone line in the world, the Samsung Galaxy S III. Instead of a day filled with "oohs" and "aahs", though, the Galaxy S III announcement garnered a lot of mixed feelings from a lot of people. It strongly resembles the Galaxy Nexus, which launched in November 2011 and recently on Sprint, but has more rounded corners and capacitive buttons instead of on-screen. However, it was rumored to come made of a different material – something other than Samsung's typical, cheap plastic, like ceramic or brushed aluminum. However, it is simply made of the same plastic, just painted differently.

Like I said, it was a victim of wild rumors.

In the end, the issue people have with the Galaxy S III is not the device's specifications. It's packing quite the beefy spec sheet: a 1.4GHz quad-core Exynos processor (an unnamed chip for the LTE version in the U.S.), a 4.8-inch 720p HD Super AMOLED display, an 8-megapixel camera with software enhancements, 16GB or 32GB (64GB is in the works) of built-in memory, microSD card slot, and a 2,100mAh removable battery.

While looks aren't this device's high point, it's still one powerful smartphone. And it ups the ante for all other manufacturers. It will launch in Europe beginning on May 29 and other markets shortly thereafter. The U.S. is expected to get the Galaxy S III this summer, though no carriers have been named specifically. Sprint is believed to be among the first to get it, however. Here's to hoping the U.S. versions look a little better, no?

 

5. ASUS Transformer Pad Infinity

Last and certainly not least is ASUSTek's forthcoming tablet. Also announced at Mobile World Congress, the ASUS Transformer Pad Infinity is part of the third-generation of Transformer tablets. The Transformer Pad Infinity is almost identical to the current Transformer Eee Pad Prime TF201T. The differences are a WUXGA (1,920 by 1,200 pixels) display and an update chassis with plastic covering the Wi-Fi instead of the signal-dumbing metal found on the Prime.

Currently, I own the Transformer Prime, and it's easily one of the best tablets I've used to date. I only have two complains. After using the new iPad, the display on the Prime is, more or less, lackluster (though still extremely bright). And Wi-Fi reception is absolutely horrible. I most certainly plan on picking up the Transformer Pad Infinity once it's available.

The Transformer Pad Infinity is expected to release June 10. But if you are impatient and can't wait another month, its cheaper sibling, the Transformer Pad 300, is already available, starting at $399.99.

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Corey CFly Flynn
Corey CFly Flynn One X - Galaxy Nexus - Gs2- D1Quad - OptimusLTE2
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Sardar Hosseini note-i4s-sII-i4-HTC EvoLTE
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Benjamin Padilla 1. EVO LTE 2. GSIII 3. Note 4. IPad 3rd 5. GSII
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Alaaeddin Almanassra Droid razr' N8 ' Xperia Mini ' xperia x2
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Trinity Kolarova Hoodrich LG OPTIMUS LTE 2
Trinity Kolarova Hoodrich
Trinity Kolarova Hoodrich LG LTE2, Ipad2,Android tablets
Tony Abiama
Tony Abiama HTC EvoLTE, iPad 2, Galaxy Note, HTC Evo 3D and the Galaxy S III
Steve Österdahl
Steve Österdahl Lumia 800 , and 900 then galaxy s 2
Tahrim Ehsan Abir
Tahrim Ehsan Abir GS3, One X, Note, Xperia S, GS2
Johannes Sveen Ekrem
Johannes Sveen Ekrem Htc One X, Samsung Galaxy S2, Htc Evo 3D, Samsung Galaxy Note and lastly the Htc Sansation XL.
Avi Rava
Avi Rava Samsung Galaxy S3 The next iPhone HTC One X Samsung Galaxy Nexus
Roger Ohlsson
Roger Ohlsson S3,S2,GS Note
Duncan Wynn Jr.
Duncan Wynn Jr. N8 ,
Arvydas Grušeckas
Arvydas Grušeckas Lumia 900, One X, Lumia 800. I don't have a list for 5 smartphones, maybe because Nokia will only launch their new products with WP8 in September
Nora Mendoza
Nora Mendoza Galaxy note, galaxy note, galaxy note, galaxy note and lastly galaxy note...;-)
Cesario Brito Jr.
Cesario Brito Jr. For upcoming devices: EVO LTE, Galaxy Note 2, and the next Nexus.
Applé Ajfone
Applé Ajfone Iphone 4 iphone 4S galaxy S2 Galaxy note and an good laptop/desktop computer. That covers just about eberything for me.
Jamie Mertz
Jamie Mertz Sg111, htv evo, gtap10.1,iphone4s, ipad
Gloria Lane
Gloria Lane Which carriers?
Hector Portalatin
Hector Portalatin iPhone 4s, iPad 3rd gen, Xbox 360, Sony flat screen LCD, NETGEAR wireless router.
Gloria Lane
Gloria Lane Who sells the windows phone?
Angel Miguel Peguero
Angel Miguel Peguero gs3 Galaxy note gs2 iphone 4s nokia lumi900
David Vaughan
David Vaughan Coming up devices? In order....g4x, Tmobile galaxy nexus, gs3, the rumored htc HD9, and almost any Windows 8 tablet I can get my grubby hands on...... Bump the processor on the tmo version to the nexus to quad, put in a 12 mp cam, and nothing else will matter
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Patrick Fjaestad Fast Nokia lumia 900, htc one x, galaxy note, galaxy s2, sony xperia s
Huey Liggins
Huey Liggins S3, note, s2, iphone 4s, evo. Haven't had my eye on much others. One s is nice but it lacks things I feel are needed. Literally needed
BossMan Atl
BossMan Atl Galaxy note. HTC One x. Galaxy S2. Lumia 900. HTC Sensation.
Dan Bittner
Dan Bittner Galaxy note, HTC one x, droid razzr maxx, galaxy s3,and the galaxy nexus in that order
Ricardo Carrizales
Ricardo Carrizales My blackberry bold 9900, my blackberry playbook, and my galaxy tab 10.1 and my galaxy s2 and soon to be galaxy s3.
Manuel Campas
Manuel Campas iPhone 4s, HTC evo 4g, HTC sensation, Galaxy Nexus, Galaxy note
Vlad Valentine McBride
Vlad Valentine McBride Don't have top five but as for being a wind tech Nokia Lumia 900 is number one, than blackberry bold, than nexus, and iphone4 and 4s
Vlad Valentine McBride
Vlad Valentine McBride Just got Nokia lumia 900 after having iPhone 4s. I got to say I like windows phone much much more, its snapy and much easier to use than the iPhone.
Sahn Choi
Sahn Choi iPhone 4S, Galaxy Note, Galaxy Nexus, One X, and Xperia S.
Scarlee Marseille
Scarlee Marseille HTC Sensation.
Ashley Spencer
Ashley Spencer Galaxy SIII
Varun Verma
Varun Verma HTC One X, HTC One S, Galaxy Nexus, Galaxy SII, HTC Sensation. Its in order and I have none. :(
Moses Estrada
Moses Estrada One X, Lumia 900, Galaxy Nexus, GS2, Iphone 4S
Anonymous
Anonymous not in order lol
Anonymous
Anonymous GS3, Galaxy Nexus, Galaxy Note, GS2, & HTC One S




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